10 Timeless Moments Black Girls Undoubtedly Rocked Our World

Charlottesville, VA -  Aug. 3: Zyahna Bryant wrote a petition in March of 2016 asking the City of Charlottesville to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park during her freshman year at Charlottesville High School. She was photographed in the sancturary of Sojourners United Church of Christ, Friday August 3, 2018 (Photo by Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post).

10 Timeless Moments Black Girls Undoubtedly Rocked Our World

Everyday Black girls who have made huge contributions to the community.

Published September 5, 2018

You don't have to be famous or a bigwig to bring about positive change in our community. These 10 examples show us how we can all do our part in our own individual way.

  1. 1. Ashley James

    Forever seeking the #imageoftheblack in western art. #cordier

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    This PhD candidate in the African-American Studies Department at Yale University is also the assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum. She has produced the “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” exhibit at the museum, scheduled to open on September 15.


  2. 2. Ryann Richardson

    Richardson, the 2018 National Miss Black America, is currently the VP of marketing at Victor, the global leader in private jet charter technology. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in business and technology, while previously at Uber, she designed the company’s first wide-reaching multicultural marketing strategy and activated their presence at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.


  3. 3. Jenna Harris

    Majoring in biomedical engineering as a freshman at McMaster University, Harris won the $70,000 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership because she founded the first Black Students Association at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Southeast Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

  4. 4. India Skinner, 5. Mikayla Sharrieff and 6. Bria Snell

    These 11th graders from Washington, D.C., won second place in this year's NASA OSPARC competition — and were targeted by voting hackers because of their race and gender. Their story and project inspired a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000 for teens to study various sciences.

  5. 7. Jasmine Ayres

    Ayres, a community organizer, ran for city council in Columbus, Ohio, in 2017. Though defeated in the general election, she continues her outreach for safer communities, education, economic equality and criminal justice. She is surely on the road to holding some form of government office one day.


  6. 8. Zyahna Bryant

    Bryant is the high school student who, in 2016, wrote the city council of Charlottesville, Virginia, to “change the name of Lee Park and remove the statue,” igniting the widespread discourse on whether or not statues of historic vanguards of systemic racism should remain in public places.


  7. 9. Minaa B.

    What are you passionate about? - Growing up I wanted to be many things. A teacher, baker, seamstress, fashion designer, psychologist, painter, a writer and so much more. I actually attempted a few of those like when I started my own little baking company when I was eighteen where I baked cupcakes from scratch and sold them to friends and family. I went to LIM to study fashion merchandising for a summer course and I also went to sewing classes religiously. I studied business in undergrad then got my master’s in social work. - All I know is that I’ve done a lot of trying in life, and right now, I’m facing once again another career transition, though this transition has been in works for years now. I love what I do as a social worker, but it’s also not the easiest job and can be taxing on your soul if you don’t replenish yourself daily. And for the last few years what has been replenishing me is my love for reading and writing. - As you all know, writing is also something I’ve attempted and continue to pursue. Writing has freed me from so much pain and has given so much life. After writing my first book Rivers Are Coming, I felt released from the pain I had been tied to and carved the way for my latest project. I hope you all can join me on this journey and follow me on my second page @thelitsocial and fiction based bookclub and writing community. - @thelitsocial is a community for book lovers, beginning writers, seasoned writers, or those who are in between. I created this community because one.) writing is a very lonely and isolating field to work in and where there’s community there is strength, fellowship and someone to lean on. and two.) because books have power, and so does writing, so why not. - I will be taking a hiatus from here for a little while, don’t worry, i’ll be back, but in the meantime, if you want to connect with me, now you know where you can find me. 👉🏾@thelitsocial.

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    A licensed psychotherapist and wellness writer, Minaa B. founded The Literary Social online book and writing club. Her book, Rivers Are Coming, is a collection of essays and poems about healing from trauma and depression. She is a self-proclaimed "overcomer and warrior at heart" and wants to help others be the same.

  8. 10. Zeba Blay

    Blay, a senior culture writer at The Huffington Post, published the May 2016 article "5 Things I've Learned as a Black Woman With Depression: It's OK to Not Be OK," removing the stigma from having depression, anxiety and bipolar II disorder and helping others who have been similarly diagnosed to not feel so isolated.

Written by BET Staff


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